Category Archives: Czech Republic

Métaphore Sapere Aude

Brewery: Métaphore
Country: Czech Republic
ABV: 4.9%
Style: Pilsner – Czech

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This is my quest for a dream beer that straddles the fine line between two worlds – traditional, old world lagers and rustically charming beers of the past. Inspired by the mystery of an earlier era I never experienced and by the environment around us. My poetic vision for a truly refined expression of a lager beer with a sense of place. It was brewed only with local organic ingredients, a generous amount of local Saaz hops and 30% local einkorn. Lagered to perfection for 5 months in a virgin Acacia wood barrel. This gracious lager beer with a sense of place is ready for you to enjoy here and now with friends old and new.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.29
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 1st November 2022. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden colour with a two finger white head that had excellent retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, honey, grainy, wood, herbal, with light citrus zest.
Taste: Light sweetness, honey, lemon zest, herbal tea, and maybe even a touch floral.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this with its light clean flavours making it just so easy to drink. Super refreshing on a hot day.

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Métaphore Here and Now: Cherry

Brewery: Métaphore
Country: Czech Republic
ABV: 7.3%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: Batch L19

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A coolshipped and spontaneously fermented beer aged in oak barrel for 16 months and then aged for 12 months on fresh, local sour cherries. Unblended from a single barrel. This beer represents the singular magic of one night, captured and shaped by, in this bottle. It is meant to reflect the place, people and occasion of its birth. An attempt to capture a true imprint of one day – inimitable and unrepeatable

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.17
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, batch L19, with a best before date of 1st September 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very nice deep ruby red colour with a one finger pinkish head that dissipated quickly, while leaving only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Cherry skin, leather, vanilla, with notes of marzipan, almond, and cinnamon.
Taste: Sweet and sour, cherry pie, cherry skin, leather, light funk, oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: While my description of the aroma sounds like my thing, it was strangely just average and a little on the weak side. However, the flavours more than made up for this as there was a good balance between sweet and sour with very nice cherry pie notes. Just easy and enjoyable to drink.

Métaphore x Lajka Mars 2021

Brewery: Métaphore x Pivovar Lajka
Country: Czech Republic
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Lager – Märzen / Oktoberfest

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Märzen beer with local organic spelt. Brewed in March and aged in a cellar till October in freshly emptied biodynamic Pinot Noir barrels from Burgundy. Brewed with organic local malt, hops and raw spelt. Homage to those early times, when beers were made in a season for the season and the notion of time had a different meaning. A collaboration with dear friend Jan K. of Pivovar Lajka with whom we share the mutual love for the classic and rustic beers. Here we present you with Mars. The resulting beer is the reflection of the love of both brewers for classic beers and their affinity for delicately rustic beers. Not quite Märzen, not quite Bière de Garde. This malty little rustic beer with a sense of time and place is ready for you to enjoy here and now.

My rating: 3+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.85
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle, with a best before date of 1st November 2022. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear dark copper amber colour with a two finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malty, caramel, apple, red wine grapes, and wood.
Taste: Sweet malt, bready, caramel, plums, with light vinous notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking with the Pinot Noir barrels making an interesting impact on the aroma and flavours.

Métaphore Rushing Out In The Rain

Brewery: Métaphore
Country: Czech Republic
ABV: 4.1%
Style: Farmhouse Grissette

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This little mixed fermentation beer is a part of my continuous search of the sense of place and finding new avenues for expressing seasonal and local flavours in beer. A crispy little reminder of seizing opportunity every day to experience simple, perhaps even whimsical and too often unexpected joys around us. This grisette is built completely from local organic ingredients. It was hopped very generously with Saaz and Mandarina and complemented with just a dash of Riesling grapes. After long conditioning it was then bottled with local honey for that lively effervescence. Enjoy it preferably fresh but it will continue to evolve in the bottle for many moons on. Na zdraví!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.29
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml bottle, with a best before date of 1st August 2026. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden colour with a just over two finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Light funk, white grapes, floral, with lemon zest.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, with light funk, lightly tart, white grapes, lemon zest, floral, and a touch soapy.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Light, thirst quenching, easy to drink, with some good aroma and flavours.

Plzeňský Prazdroj Pilsner Urquell

Brewery: Plzeňský Prazdroj
Country: Czech Republic
ABV: 4.4%
Style: Czech Pilsner
Other Notes: Brewed in Plzeň, Czech, the original pilsner

Brewer Description: (from can) The citizen’s brewery of Plzeň brewed the world’s first golden pilsner and never stopped. We make it in the same way, in the same place, with 100% of our ingredients from the same farming regions in Czech, as always.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.47
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 500ml can canned on 2nd February 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.
Appearance: It poured an extremely clear golden colour with a three finger white head that had decent retention and left sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Grassy and honey aromas with a hint of grain and floral.
Taste: Sweet honey and grain with some biscuit, toast and grass plus a hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice refreshing easy to drink Pilsner.

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